Fred L. Gissoni
Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home
2428 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY
Gissoni, Fred L.,

84 of Crescent Hill, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014.

A memorial service is being planned for the near future.

In lieu of flowers contributions are requested to American Printing House for the Blind, U C H M for food, or Crescent Hill United Methodist Church.

Published by Courier-Journal on Sep. 23, 2014.
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Fred, I have a few more questions and need a few more one-liners, may I have your new cell phone number please? Betty Bird Middlebury VT
October 4, 2014
While I never met Fred, I watched a few of his videos and spoke with many individuals who had had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. I only wish I had the opportunity to shake his hand and thank him for all of the contributions he has made to the lives of persons who are blind.
Clay Jeffcoat
September 30, 2014
Debra Trevino (Broyles) You always had time to talk and share your wisdom and love of life. Rest in peace!
September 29, 2014
Will fondly remember Fred's humor, the help me gave me, and all his great inventions. Georgia Kitchen
September 28, 2014
On behalf of the Michigan State University community I extend warmest regards for Fred's lifetime contributions. A true partner in advancing the lives of blind people through access to information and excellence in teaching. Fred was a kind and knowledgeable voice to all who needed insight or desired to do more. Fred is remembered for a lasting and powerful contribution to the field of blindness. Fred's spark of curiosity, a kind word or knowing perspective made him truly remarkable and memorable.
Michael Hudson
September 27, 2014
I extend my prayers and condolences to the Gissoni family. Mr. Fred Gissoni was truly a legend, in every sense of the word. I have always been interested in performing mathematical calculations on the Cranmer abacus, and found the instructions he wrote in his book easy to follow. This book encouraged me to pursue studying the abacus, and I ended up completing both courses on the device from the Hadley School. I have also learned a lot from reading articles on Fred's Head, especially in the area of independent living skills. He inspires me to carry a slate and stylus wherever I go, despite the over-reliance on electronics. Rest in peace, Mr. Gissoni.
Nafisah Anif
September 26, 2014
Fred, you will be greatly missed in the field of blindness. Personally, I will miss the great stories that you told of your early childhood. Rest in peace my friend, with love,
Pam Smith
September 26, 2014
Pat Ferguson
September 26, 2014
Fred spoke with me over the phone on several occasions, chatting about different things, and helping me with my brl and Speak 640 when I was a young teen
September 25, 2014
I got the chance to live in Fred's Head for several years as the manager of the Fred's Head database, that was converted to the current Fred's Head blog. We took the many tips he had and put them on the web for everyone to learn from. We even put them on Twitter. When Fred retired from APH, I moved from Fred's head, to Fred's chair in the custtomer service area. I owe a lot to Fred, from the products and technology he helped to create to the last two employment opportunities I've enjoyed at APH. I will forever be greatful to him. Thanks Fred.
Michael McCarty
September 25, 2014
Fred meant so much to me as a friend and co-worker. His outstanding memory, wacky sense of humor, and true intellect enriched the Customer Relations Department at APH as well as those who called him. His compassion for people was truly inspiring. You will be greatly missed Fred !!
Rosanne Broome
September 24, 2014
I first met Fred when I did my internship at the Ky. Department for the Blind in 1987. He took me to Frankfort and introduced me to everyone in Central office. We worked together at the agency until he retired and went to work at the Printing House. I will always remember his kindness, sense of humor, intelligence and patience. He will be missed.
Kirsten Schmidt
September 24, 2014
Fred Gissoni will always be remembered. I have many memories as a child calling him for tech support on all kinds of Aph products, including many times on the Braille 'N Speak. He was always so patient and helpful. I got to shake his hand and meet him on his last day at Aph in 2011. I will never forget you Fred and all the great help you gave me and everyone over the years. RIP Fred. You will truly be missed!
September 24, 2014
I first met Fred when we both worked in Customer Relations, and I was amazed at his incredible memory. We could pass along a message and he could identify the caller instantly -- remembering what they bought, when he met them, family members, etc. He had a large number of fans who called regularly for advice or just to keep in touch. Others have mentioned his humor, the depth of his knowledge, his kindness, etc. He made a huge impact on the world and he will be missed.
Becki Moody
September 23, 2014
It's hard to synthesize into a few words because Fred was great at everything. His kindness, helpfulness, and generosity were enjoyed by thousands of people who called APH for consumer help. His sense of humor and intelligence will be missed by all his friends, and I am lucky to count myself one of those.

Elaine Kitchel
September 23, 2014
Paul Migliorelli
September 23, 2014
Fred was one of the best and kindest individuals I have ever known. I am sorry that it was his time to leave us on earth, but I know he will continue to guide us and fill us with wisdom. To Fred's family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. I hope your sorrow will be replaced by only wonderful memories of Fred, his humor, his wisdom, his greatness. Debbie Willis/APH
Debbie Willis
September 23, 2014
Fred, an APH legend, will - without a doubt - be missed. Wishing love, peace, and healing to those who mourn.
Kerry Isham
September 23, 2014
I am sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was the smartest man I ever knew and his sense of humor will remain unforgettable. May he now rest in peace and look down on all of us.
From an APH Co-Worker and sometimes Fred's driver.
Jan Carroll
September 23, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Robinson
September 23, 2014
Fred was on of the coolest people I had the honor of knowing. He was blind but boy could he see. If Fred paged you at work You would look up and say is that God. What a voice. I will miss you my friend. The world has lost a wonderful soul.
Artina Paris-Jones
September 23, 2014
To my eternal "Date" One of the sweetest, most intelligent men I've ever known. I love you. Thanks for showing me how to eat an Oreo cookie "the right way"
Michelle Dillon-Cates
September 23, 2014
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